Pre- Orientation Service Experience (P.O.S.E)

RISD Pre-Orientation Service Experience (P.O.S.E.) is a five-day intensive program for incoming freshmen to engage with the community around campus.  P.O.S.E. exists to  break the RISD bubble, the idea that students can become stuck in an inward-looking culture in college and become apathetic to the needs of the world around them.  P.O.S.E.  cultivates an interest in people and places outside of RISD, leading students into a rich college experience that involves active participation beyond RISD walls.


The mission of P.O.S.E. is to continue a tradition of service integrated into RISD’s overall co-curricular culture. P.O.S.E. introduces students to long-term volunteer opportunities that exist both at RISD and in the local community.  This program is a great chance for freshmen to meet new people, become exposed to Rhode Island right from the start of their college career, and make a true lasting impact on the local community.  We look forward to having you join P.O.S.E. 2015!


The program will run from September1 to September 5. P.O.S.E. participants must arrive on September 1 to move into residence halls.  There is no additional cost to participate in this program, and food will be provided. Participants must attend all activities during the program.  Due to an overlap with the International Student Orientation, we are unable to offer this program to international students.  We encourage all students to get involved in our diverse array of annual programming.


Please contact  communityservice@risd.edu or call 401-709-8459 for questions.